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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Man pleads guilty to cocaine trafficking

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says an investigation initiated by its narcotics team has helped federal prosecutors secure a guilty plea from a Maryland cocaine trafficker.

Antoine Duane Terrell, 40, of Greenbelt pleaded guilty last week to trafficking more than five kilograms of cocaine. Neil H. MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after a U.S. district judge accepted the plea.

A probe of street cocaine dealers by the sheriff's office led other law enforcement investigators to Terrell, who, according to court documents, had supplied several lower-level cocaine dealers in Northern Virginia, the sheriff's office said.

After a series of controlled drug buys, Terrell was arrested in Greenbelt on Sept. 29, the sheriff's office said. Police said they later seized a duffel bag with more than $80,000 in cash from Terrell's vehicle.

Terrell pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine. He faces 10 to 40 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for April 16.

Loudoun women's group is collecting prom dresses

The Junior Woman's Club of Loudoun is collecting formal dresses and accessories for its "Prom Wishes" community service project. The dresses will be given to students in the area who otherwise might not have prom outfits.

The club is also collecting shoes, purses, jewelry and unopened cosmetics. Donated dresses should be new or in excellent condition.

Donations may be left at any Loudoun County public library from Feb. 22 to March 31. Dresses donated after March 19 will be held for next year's event.

Collected items will be distributed at the organization's "Prom Wishes" event from 9 a.m. to noon March 20, at the Courtyard Marriot Dulles Town Center, 45500 Majestic Dr., across from Sears.

For information, go to http://www.jwcl.org or e-mail promwishes@jwcl.org.

-- Compiled by Sholnn Freeman


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